NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts are on the Way to International Space Station

NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts are on the Way to International Space Station

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and also Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), into orbit to start a six-month science mission aboard the space station.

Fremont, CA: An international crew of astronauts is on the way to the International Space Station on the heels of a successful launch on the first NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system in history. NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission took off at 7:27 p.m. EST Sunday from Launch Complex 39A at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and also Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), into orbit to start a six-month science mission aboard the space station.

"NASA is delivering on its commitment to the American people and our international partners to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective missions to the International Space Station using American private industry," stated NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "This is an important mission for NASA, SpaceX and our partners at JAXA, and we look forward to watching this crew arrive at station to carry on our partnership for all of humanity."

The Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Resilience, has docked autonomously to the forward port of the station's Harmony module around 11 p.m. Monday, November 16. NASA Television and the agency's website are providing ongoing live coverage through docking, hatch opening, and the ceremony to welcome the crew aboard the orbiting laboratory.

"I could not be more proud of the work we've done here today," stated Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX. "Falcon 9 looked great, Dragon was dropped off into a beautiful orbit about 12 minutes into the mission, and we'll get more data as we go."

The astronauts named the Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience to honor the effort and dedication teams have put into the mission and show their teamwork. They named it in honor of their colleagues, families, and fellow citizens.

Hopkins, Walker, Glover, and Noguchi would join the Expedition 64 crew of Commander Sergey Ryzhikov as well as Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA.

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